The longest winning streak in Division 1 women’s college soccer continued over the past weekend, as Navy reached 13 consecutive victories with two more wins on the season.
Entering Patriot League play for the very first time, Navy barely scraped past American, winning by a 1-0 score line Friday night. That was a taste of things to come as the Midshipmen put the winning streak on the line in conference play – every rival will want to put an end to that streak.
"We were pretty sharp today," head coach Carin Gabbara said in a press release. "We generated a lot of good scoring chances and put a high percentage of them away. It was also good to see the balance in scoring. We are not relying on any one person to carry the load offensively and on any given day we can get contributions from any player."
With six games left, all against Patriot League competition, maintaining the win streak is going to be far from easy – but so far, the Midshipmen have proved to be able to hang with every team in front of them.
Who can stop #1 Florida State?
The only reason the Seminoles aren’t challenging Navy’s win streak is simply due to playing fewer games at this stage of the season.
Florida State has yet to lose in 2012, rattling off 11 straight wins, and fewer weeks were more impressive than this past one, as the Seminoles traveled to North Carolina and won two more ACC games.
After narrowly defeating North Carolina on Thursday evening by a 1-0 score line, the Seminoles paid a visit to North Caroline State(w), and kept the wins rolling in with a 2-0 victory.
"Anytime you go on the road in the ACC and come away with a win or in this case two wins this week, is a very good road trip," head coach Mark Krikorian said in a press release. "Overall, I thought our performance was solid today. Pretty good defending for the most part, a lot of different ways of attacking; it was nice to score a couple of goals and nice to get another shutout."
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the current run is the performance of Flordia State(w)’s defense. The team has conceded only three goals all season, none in ACC play so far, and is currently riding a shutout streak of 618 minutes. It’s hard to see who will stop them at this rate.
Irish maintain momentum
Despite two tricky Big East road matchups, #9 Notre Dame kept pace after a slow start out of the gates, extending its own winning streak to six games.
Road games are far from easy in the college game, and the Irish were able to open up the two-game swing to the Northeast
The second game against Connecticut was also close for the first half, as neither side could break the deadlock for the game’s first 40 minutes. But after Lauren Bohaboy scored a 43rd minute goal to take the lead, the Irish scored three times in the second half to put the game out of reach and win 4-0.
“For whatever reason, we didn't come out strong at all today and Connecticut had us under a lot of pressure for most of the first half, but Sarah (Voigt) played really well for us and kept us going until we could get that first goal,” head coach Randy Waldrum said in a release. “Then, we made some adjustments at halftime and changed our shape a bit, and our offense began to click in the second half. It's another good sign for this team, the way we came back from a poor start, kept our poise and then took advantage of our opportunities to get a key conference road win.”
Corboz powers Georgetown to another Big East rout
Facing a well-rested Georgetown side didn’t bode well for Pittsburgh.
And behind the goal scoring exploits of sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz and her five goals on the day, the Hoyas won their fifth game in a row thanks to a huge 8-0 away win.
"It was hard for Pittsburgh since they played on Friday, had a tough loss and we didn't," Georgetown head coach Dave Nolan said in a release. "They've had some tough weekends and us coming in fresh didn't make their job any easier. They're a decent team but we got out on them quickly and once you do that against a team that's tired, it's deflating.
"Our kids were buzzing, but once we got up 2-0, we started to play really well. The first two goals were great goals. Daphne had a great finish on the first and Kaitlin (Brenn) scored a great reaction goal off a corner and that got us going."
During Georgetown’s winning streak – all wins against Big East foes – the team has outscored opponents 22-0. This coming weekend, visits to Cincinnati and Louisville will provide another difficult pair of tests.
Miami (OH) continues to enjoy MAC success
Five-game winning streaks seem to be popping up all over the country, and the Redhawks of Miami are also flying high at this point. Two important road wins in Mid-American Conference play against Ohio(w) (1-0) and Kent State (4-2) kept Miami (OH) in the driver’s seat when it comes to topping the MAC this fall, as reflected by their entry into the Tournament 64 National Ranking.